Deciding between the Jeep Gladiator and the Ram 1500? These awesome machines come ready to tow gear and take you on off-road adventures all around Worcester, Auburn, or Shrewsbury, MA.

Luckily, we have them both here at Harr Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram (CDJR). Take them for a test drive to decide which one better fits your needs. To prepare for your visit, check out this 2023 Jeep Gladiator vs. Ram 1500 comparison to see which one has the right towing capacity, engine power, and features for you!

Pick Your Powertrain

We know you’re looking for a truck that pumps out plenty of power. Thankfully, both the Jeep Gladiator and the Ram 1500 are equipped to deliver high levels of energy to take on any commute.

The Gladiator and the Ram 1500 each come with the standard Pentastar® V6 engine. Power outputs differ slightly and measure out to the following:

  • Jeep Gladiator V6 engine: 285 horsepower & 260 lb-ft of torque
  • Ram 1500 V6 engine: 305 horsepower & 273 lb-ft of torque

The Ram 1500 gets a bit more dynamic with four engine choices, including two V8 engine options. If you want some serious power, that’s the way to go. The available 5.7L HEMI® V8 engine produces up to 395 horsepower, while the available Supercharged 6.2L HEMI® V8 engine delivers up to 702 horsepower.

The Gladiator, however, is more dynamic with its transmission options. It’s the only one of these two trucks to offer a 6-speed manual transmission or an 8-speed automatic transmission. Choose the Ram 1500 and you’ll only find the 8-speed automatic transmission. If you’ve always wanted to try a manual truck, the Gladiator is a great choice! 

Jeep Gladiator

Compare Capability

Capability is also a main focus for truck drivers, as you’ll want a model with ample towing and payload capacities. Whether you choose the Gladiator or opt for the Ram truck, you’ll have lots of opportunities to bring along your gear.

Check out the table below to compare how much the Jeep Gladiator and the Ram 1500 are able to tow and haul when properly equipped.

Jeep Gladiator vs Ram 1500: Towing & Payload Capacities


Maximum Towing

Maximum Payload

Jeep Gladiator

7,700 pounds

1,710 pounds

Ram 1500

12,750 pounds

2,300 pounds

As you’ll note from the table, the Ram 1500 is able to tow and haul more than the Jeep Gladiator. For an easier towing experience, it even offers the available Trailer Reverse Steering Control system that lets you move the trailer with a knob while reversing.

Don’t count the Jeep Gladiator out when it comes to capability, though! It has its own unique set of features that make it perfect for off-road trips. For example, it’s already standard in a 4×4 configuration vs. the Ram 1500’s standard 4×2 configuration. 

The Gladiator also offers some exclusive features such as the the available Rock-Trac® Transfer Case that provides a 4:1 low range and an 84:1 crawl ratio. Another interesting addition is the available TrailCam, which helps you get a real-time look at the ground in front of your vehicle so you’ll know of any ruts or debris ahead.  

Exterior Design

The main difference you’ll see between the Jeep Gladiator and the Ram 1500 is in exterior appearance. While the Ram 1500 looks like a traditional pickup truck, the Gladiator bends the rules a bit to add an extra dash of character.

For example, with the Jeep truck, there are available removable doors and a removable roof to really feel in touch with nature. There’s even a fold-down windshield to open up the cabin in its entirety.

If you want more traditional style, look to the Ram 1500. It has its own assortment of features including the multifunction tailgate. Said tailgate accommodates up to 2,000 pounds when folded flat. It also sports 60/40 split swing-away doors that let you easily load up your gear. 

RAM 1500

Select Your Next Truck: Jeep Gladiator vs Ram 1500

Both the Jeep Gladiator and the Ram 1500 are muscular machines. Select the Jeep for more off-road fun or choose the more traditional Ram 1500 to tow extra gear around Worcester, Auburn, or Shrewsbury, Massachusetts.

Whatever you decide, we’ll be here to assist each step of the way. Contact us at Harr CDJR to set up a test drive today!


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